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WAAC Luncheon Program presents author Shawn Henshall and his new book, “The Forgotten Legend: The Life Story of John (Jack) Wilson McLaren O.S.A. Canadian Artist, Illustrator and Actor 1895-1988.”

Register for a free Zoom link, or

Register to attend with a brown-bag lunch (arrive at 12:15 pm) in-person with $5.00 cash donation at the door. You will view the lecture on a large screen in the Dignam Gallery at 1:00 p.m.

Beverages included. Full vaccination required for in-person registrations
Contact Cal Lorimer cal@womensartofcanada.ca or 416-922-2060 to register

For generations, Canadian artists like Jack McLaren have made their mark on the world and one of these legends has been largely forgotten, though his contribution to the arts have inspired the likes of Monty Python, Kids in the Hall and brought laughter to troops serving at home and abroad. In the book The Forgotten Legend, Shawn Henshall tells the story of John Wilson (Jack) McLaren, from his birth in Scotland, to his fame as a soldier/entertainer in WWI, an art and business career, his deep involvement with the Group of Seven and Toronto’s famed Arts & Letters Club and his quiet passing in 1988

Author Shawn Henshall is the great-grandson-in-law of Jack McLaren and has a passion for researching artists and deciphering their role in contributing to the foundation of the modern arts movement in Canada. Through this research he conceived of The Forgotten Legend and hopes the book will satisfy readers’ curiosity about one of the real stories behind the 20th century Canadian art movement.


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